I know the topics of pregnancy and motherhood are more up C-A's alley these days, but my husband pointed out this piece on the NY Times website on Outsourced Wombs, and I had to post it.
Judith Warner blogs about the increasing surrogacy industry in India, where Western families are literally outsourcing pregnancy to poor Indian women. The issue of commercial surrogacy (where a woman is inseminated and paid to carry the fetus to term) brings up some complex questions about the way societies view the pregnant body and its role. There's clearly a class issue added to this as well - surrogacy can pay very well - and an added layer of imperialism when this transaction takes place between women in, for example, the US and India. But does it make it any better (or worse) when the relationship is between a wealthy and a poor woman from the same country?
Very well thought out piece. Enjoy.